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Norton resident urging ‘yes’ vote on bond issue

10/24/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

Norton voters have an opportunity to rise above all of the negativity that has plagued our community. We need to step aside from the problems that some have with our city administration and the expansion of infrastructure like water and sewers. Let’s focus our attention on the good that has been here all along — our Norton City Schools!

On Nov. 5, we have the potential to launch our future in a new, positive direction. Issue No. 42 is a bond issue that will provide new, updated learning spaces for our children. It will consolidate our aging elementary school buildings into one space designed to maximize collaboration and innovation between our top-notch staff and students. Our Middle School students will move into better facilities that include science and computer lab spaces allowing them better access to 21st century skills. Our High School students will benefit from a new school building that features new learning spaces, competitive athletic facilities and an auditorium for our performing artists.

Our yes votes will allow for the relocation of the stadium complex (necessary due to the impending widening of Cleveland-Massillon Road) north to the existing track. This will create a community athletic complex, accessible to all athletes and members of our community.

Previously, the voters turned down a similar plan to build new facilities. Our local board of education listened to feedback, revised the plan and is truly looking out for the voters and our students. The location of this project has been moved back to the center of Norton, the costs have been contained and community access has been taken into account.

Norton Schools currently have the lowest taxes in all of Summit County. With the passage of Issue No. 42, we will still be one of the lowest around. Why would we turn away over $16 million (51 percent of the core project) from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission? For around $11.35 per month (based on a market value of $100,000), we can bring Norton Schools to the forefront of innovation and creativity. Our children will be better prepared for college/careers while raising property values and restoring our community’s reputation as a desirable place to raise a family.

Please join me on Nov. 5 by voting yes on Issue No. 42. Let’s show that the citizens of Norton Schools are more than the negative publicity we have received as a city. We Can Build This; Together We Can!

Richard Booth, Norton

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